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    Life's Big Questions Paid Member

    This is a guest-post from Lama Surya Das. I have been asking people around the country about what is their big life question. Many say in return, “What do you mean?” I say—“You know, the big questions of life and death, the afterlife, God, suffering, meaning and purpose, truth, happiness, love.” And they inevitably say, “Oh, those big questions.” For everyone is familiar with them. We are all faced with these questions throughout life, as well as with the many little quandaries of daily life. How well and to what degree we attend to them varies from person to person and from decade to decade. I myself feel well endowed with the Why Chromosome. More »
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    A statue saved in Pakistan, and the Zen of Meeting Women Paid Member

    There's a mention of SFZC's groundbreaking restaurant Greens in this pretty photo gallery of vegetarian dining in San Francisco, and also in the related article (from the New York Times.) Normally when we hear Pakistan and Buddhism in the same sentence, it's because Islamists have dynamited another statue. But here's a case where some villagers got together and saved a statue. Will Smith has studied Buddhism and Hinduism and says they're no better or worse than Scientology. Who came out on top at the recent ASEAN conference? More »
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    Caption Me! Paid Member

    Tricycle contributing editor Frank Olinsky snapped this picture of a zafu around the corner from his Brooklyn digs recently, and it seems to scream for a caption or story, doesn't it? Let us know if you come up with one! More »
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    The Dalai Lama and Gandhi Paid Member

    BURMA: As Paulo Sergio Pinheiro visits Burma on behalf of the UN, a monk and a female activist were arrested in connection with the September protests. Human Rights Watch has called for a ban of all Burmese gems and jade, which together account for more than 10% of the junta's revenue. DALAI LAMA: Speaking at the Satyagraha Conference in India, the Dalai Lama says he met Gandhi, not in this lifetime, but in a dream. More »
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    FreeRice Paid Member

    Interesting site: FreeRice will donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations for every word you define correctly! Get to it, you word-whizzes! More »
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    Gustaaf Houtman, Kate Wheeler, Joseph Goldstein, and Michael Caine Paid Member

    Here's a great interview with anthropologist Gustaaf Houtman, an expert on the big, messy world of the Burmese military. It's from Irrawaddy News Magazine. Quick take: Q: But surely, secular politicians, such as Aung San, never approved of Buddhism as a political instrument? A: Approving of Buddhism as a political instrument is one thing: understanding by means of Buddhist concepts how disorder arises and order may be established, and what kind of political intervention might be necessary, are another. To proclaim that Buddhism here serves as a political instrument would be to grossly oversimplify what has been going on. In raising fuel prices to unaffordable levels, the regime has made it impossible for the laity to support Buddhist monastic practice and so has politicised Buddhism. More »